Showing off some strong depth, the Woodridge boys track team remained unbeaten in league action, while Noah Perrin put up some impressive times at the Wooster Triway Invitational.
Woodridge had a strong Portage Trail Conference meet at the Mercer Track Tuesday over Lodi Cloverleaf (69.5-48.5) and Springfield (87-41). Athletes from Coventry and Ravenna also competed in the meet.
Christian Malone returned from a recent injury to score a career-high 16 points as he scored big in the high jump.
"We dodged the rain drops on the way to victories over Cloverleaf and Springfield," said head coach Les Carney.
"In the field, Rich Fisher grabbed second in the shot while Berkley Upton grabbed first in the long jump," he added. "Christian Malone returned from injury to score in the high jump."
Malone reached 5-8 in the high jump for third and was fourth in the 110-meter high hurdles in 17.2 seconds.
Upton reached 18 feet, 5.75 inches to capture the long jump. Fisher's shot-put throw travelled 43-9.5 feet.
Season scoring leaders Micah Blair and Perrin continued to run well.
"Micah and Noah won the 3,200 and 1,600-meter runs, respectively," offered Carney.
"Zach Conroy ran a season best in the 400 meters to take second," he added.
Conroy had a sensational second-place run in the open 400 with a time of 53.7 seconds.
Blair won the 3,200 with a strong time of 10 minutes, 1.20 seconds while Perrin's clocking in the 1,600 victory was 4:42.7 and had a 2:07.3 mark in his second-place 800-meter run. Blair was timed at 4:43.5 for third-place in the 1,600.
Young athletes continue to improve in the sprints and hurdles for the Bulldogs.
"Carson Lehrer continued to run well in the sprints while Nic Tafini and Evan Wagner both scored in the hurdles," said the coach.
"Amir Abdullah-Thomas, Montrell Jamison, Riley Galehouse, Kevin Dickon, and Ryan Kiley all ran well for the Dogs."
Perrin had an incredible run at the Triway Invitational last Saturday as the locals were 12th out of 16 schools with 24 points.
"We took advantage of the best weather of the season as many kids produced career best efforts," noted Carney.
Perrin led the way as he won the 3,200-meter race and broke the meet record with a clocking of 9:18.98.
That time broke the meet record set by Woodridge alumni Kyle Cochran, but also was the second fastest in Woodridge history.
"Noah Perrin provided the highlight of the day," said Carney. "Not only did he blow away the field on his way to victory in the 3,200 meter run, he destroyed the meet record, breaking it by over 20 seconds."
Perrin beat a trio of strong competitors in Shelby's Caleb Brown (9:37.94), Triway's Nich Michels (9:38.93), and Smithville's Justin McKeal (9:39.29).
"His time was the best in my 24 years," said Woodridge cross country head coach and girls head coach Jeff Howard.
Howard was quick to point it was the second best of all-time.
Carney was also happy with results in the field events in Shreve.
"In the field, Fisher, Upton, Ben Lahoski, Josh Mally, and Angelo Regec all had personal bests in their events," he said.
Mally posted a season best of 10 feet in the pole vault while Regec had his best discus toss of 108-6 feet.
In the long jump, Upton had a leap of 18-7.75 feet while Lahoski had a jump of 17-9.5 feet. Fisher had a shot-put toss of 43-11.5 feet.
"In the running events, it was more of the same with some personal bests," said Carney. "Blair, Leo Ramsey, Jack Willett, Dickon, and Galehouse all had career best times."
In a solid field, Blair crossed sixth overall in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:41.39.
Woodridge was the runner-up in the 3,200-meter relay with a strong time of 8:23.84 behind Galehouse, Andy Muha, Blair, and Perrin. Smithville won in 8:22.80.
Ramsey raced to a seventh-place finish in the 800-meter race with a personal record time of 2:07.68.
In a recent home meet, Woodridge beat league rival Field 78-49.5 and had a non-league win over Akron Firestone (71-54) April 19.
Lehrer gained his first victory in the 200-meter dash at the varsity level as he was timed at 24.3 seconds.
"Carson grabbed his first varsity win in the 200 meters," said a thrilled Carney.
"On the track, Perrin cruised to victory in the 1,600 while Blair won the 3,200, plus they were both part of the winning 3,200-meter relay."
Blair registered a pair of wins in the 3,200 (10:32) and in the pole vault (9-6), plus also ran in the winning 3,200 relay (8:48.8) that also had Dickon, Kiley, and Perrin, who was a victor in the 1,600 (4:47.6).
Aaron Richardson won the 100 in 12.0 seconds.
"In the field, Fisher continued his strong season with a second in the shot put and King Sanders and Berkley (Upton) went 1-2 in the long jump," said the coach. "Josh Mally scored in the high jump, and Reese Mercer had a season best effort (8-0 feet) in the pole vault."
King Sanders won the long jump with an effort of 18-8 feet and Upton was second at 18-6.5 feet.
Fisher had a shot-put toss of 42-9.5 feet. Mally was second in the pole vault (9-6) and high jump (5-6).
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